Questions tagged [desktop]

Desktop is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

By default, elementary OS doesn't have a desktop folder - and no files can be placed onto the wallpaper. Note that this isn't just that icons don't show, there really is no desktop folder: Where ...
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How can I change the font size used by the desktop?

And I don't mean the font size used by text within applications (Terminal or any browser), which can be zoomed in and out, but the font size which is used by Slingshot, Files or any other system ...
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How can I view the desktop?

Right now I have to minimize all windows one by one to get to the desktop. Is there a way to directly view the desktop?
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How to scale down the desktop?

When I installed Freya on a 22" Screen, everything was fine. But when I plug the PC in a 40" TV, the desktop is upscaled to 200%. The screen resolution is correctly 1920x1080 but because of the ...
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Elementary crashing on desktop login

I recently bought aa Razer Blade Stealth laptop which I'm having issues with Elementary Loki on. This laptop uses the 7th gen Intel Kaby Lake chipset with an HD 620 graphics chip and a HIDPI ...
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How can I adjust the mouse scrollwheel speed?

Does anyone know how to make the mouse scrollwheel go faster?
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Do you plan to develop Night Mode?

Do you plan to develop any blulight filter a.k.a. "Night mode"?
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How do I add images to select as the desktop's background?

Where and/or how should I store images so that they appear in Preferences/Desktop/Backgrounds?
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How to disable desktop composition while gaming in fullscreen?

I'm using elementary OS Freya 0.3.1 and would like to disable compositing while gaming. I'm playing CSGO (Linux port, not Windows version using Wine) and unlike on my Windows 10, it's lagging a lot. I ...
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Why does Firefox keep creating a ~/Desktop folder?

This is more of a puzzle than a problem: Every time I start Firefox, a "Desktop" folder is created in my home folder (home/me/Desktop). I delete it, use Firefox, it comes back. Am I sure it's ...
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How to change an order of workspaces?

Can I, for example, replace workspace 1 by workspace 3 in the multitasking view?
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Multiple Instances of Geary, Files, etc. for different workspaces?

I am just getting started with workspaces, and I can easily have two different instances of Chrome running in two different workspaces, but for other apps (Files, Geary, Keepass, etc.) when I click on ...
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How to add “Show Desktop” icon in elementary OS?

I have installed nautilus to enable desktop icons in elementary OS Loki. It works fine but is there any way to add a button that can I use to click and show desktop? Like the ones in Windows at right ...
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Can I change the date format in the panel?

Elementary OS, 0.3.1, 64-bit. The top bar has the date, but I would love to expand the date to read in full, for example, today, "Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:15 AM". I can't see a way to do that....
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Desktop displayed as a window

Just booted my laptop running elementary OS today and found the desktop in a window. Cannot move it, cannot maximize it. I can live with it but I don't like this at all. Has this happened before, do ...
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How to disable desktop switch on fullscreen

I'm on Loki and every time I turn on fullscreen mode for one of my applications like Chrome or atom, the fullscreen window moves to a new desktop. Is there any way to stop this and just stay on the ...
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Screen flicker, blink, pulse, flash [closed]

Anyone experiencing random screen flicker, blink, pulse, flashing when on single and dual monitor, or opening multiple windows at once? OS & VERSION elementary OS 0.3 Freya (64-bit) HARDWARE ...
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Im an amateur depelover, where can i share my small tricks for elementary os loki?

I have said all in the title, I have programed a few scripts in perl to personalize the desktop a bit, and I'd like to share it with others because isn't enough programs to do this stuff.
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elementary OS 0.4 text is too light. Can I make it darker?

I am using elementary OS version 0.3.2 and it works just fine. I tried elementary OS version 0.4 and the text on everything is too light. Both of these have been used on a desktop computer. Is there a ...
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How to enable desktop icons and right click in Elementary OS Freya? [duplicate]

I cannot put any icons or right click on the desktop in Elementary Freya. How can I enable that?
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Changing desktop background should also change the login picture? [closed]

Consider this question on how to change the login picture. I cannot in fact follow none of the answers posted there. But even before re-asking a question like "how to change the login image" I ...
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How does elementary perform usability tests?

With elementary's focus on UX design, I'm wondering How elementary does usability testing; How often elementary does usability testing; How the results are applied to making changes to the design ...
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How to remove second workspace? [duplicate]

Whenever I launch a Steam game, accidentally press the Windows button and the right arrow key, or something else, it takes me to the second workspace, which comes default with elementary. I want to ...
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Remove icons from desktop

For some reason, icons are showing up on the desktop. I would like nothing to show. Thanks a lot for help in advance.
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nemo desktop icons on elementary os

I have installed nemo file manager and wanted to enable desktop icons. As you can see on the screenshot the desktop is looking like a normal window. So how to fix that? I'm running elementary OS ...
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Desktop background glitch after unlock Nvidia 1070 GPU [duplicate]

After I unlock the computer, the desktop background becomes glitched like this. However everything still works. I am currently using the default background. I installed the Nvidia driver using this ...
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Can a window be shown on every desktop?

Just installed eOS (Loki), and I like it so far. I have one small question that I can't find an answer to online, though: In Ubuntu, there's an option in a window's title bar context menu to "...
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Unresponsive desktop after login because of maya

Just had a problem after rebooting my computer this morning; after the successful login I saw the wallpaper appearing, then wingpanel appeared and 5 seconds later it froze; plank did not appear and ...
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Large icons, windows, fonts, etc

I have a computer connected to an LCD TV with a Radeon 6770HD During installation everything was fine, but when I boot everything is very large. Installing the drivers from the AMD website didn't ...
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Gnome Shell Extension Counterpart in ElementaryOS

I am looking for a status bar network speed indicator, which exists in gnome environment. See: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/104/netspeed/ Does anyone know how to get same kind of ...
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Synapse on Loki

I tried to install Synapse on Loki editing the ppa, installed the required libgee2 and libgranite, but all I get was to broke the wingpanel. Any solution to have a nice search engine on Elementary ...
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Can I install another desktop environment in elementary OS?

I would like to install the Gnome desktop and LXDE on my elementary to gain some more fps on my games also to make it look different and don't get bored of the same. is it possible and if it's, is ...
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How to change Desktop icon font color?

I have desktop enabled but the font color is black. How can I change the icon font color to white?
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How do I change the wallpaper through the command line?

Is there any DConf/Gsettings etc. interface for changing the wallpaper through the command line?
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How can I switch workspaces using the mouse wheel?

IIRC, in Luna it was possible to switch workspaces using the mouse wheel, as in Xfce. (Edit: That is, simply by scrolling the wheel on any point of the desktop not covered by a window.) Is it possible ...
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Icon for File app no longer showing

No more than two/three days ago, the icon for the File app (file manager) is no longer shown, and the icon with the wheen is shown. Can I recover the correct icon, someway?
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Delete pictures in background

The image I put in the background, but I deleted it in the meantime, remained in the settings from the picture. How can I delete it? l look in file system/usr/share/background but I did not find it ...
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Plank not starting after reinstall

I am having some issues with Plank, so I uninstalled it by doing apt remove --purge plank. After reinstalling it, I could run the dock by starting it on the command line, but it would not start with ...
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Is it possible to re-arrange the indicators in the panel?

Is there a way to customize my taskbar? I don't want to see the date, I want to have the clock on the right side, instead of the middle, etc ... Mostly reorganizing, adding and removing stuff.
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Sometimes the dock and top bar do not appear on elementary Loki. What to do? [duplicate]

Sometimes the dock and top bar do not appear. What to do?
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Script not opening in terminal via desktop launcher

Here's my .desktop file content [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=wifite Comment=WiFite , fight for WiFi Exec=pantheon-terminal -e 'wifite --help' Icon=wifite Terminal=true Type=Application ...
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Only wallpaper after login

I have fresh installation of Elementary OS and have a problem that can't handle. After system boot I have login page and when I type my password, login page dissapear, there is only wallpaper nothing ...
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elementary OS booting in to KDE Plasma desktop

Not sure what happened but now when I try to boot in to elementary OS I get a KDE plasma (I think?) loading screen and then an error. I was using my laptop at work and hadn't changed anything. I get ...
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Desktop showing as a window above original

I'm running Elementary OS Loki, and recently I've decided to change default file manager to Nemo. After installing and setting it as default in System settings > Applications > Default applications, ...
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My Wingpanel bar is suddenly black with and without fullscreen app

Yesterday, I decide to change my icon set to Numix. I didn't like the look with numix inherit icons, so I change to elementary. Then I notice that the WingPanel was always black. When there is not a ...
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Changing the login screen wallpaper without changing the desktop wallpaper

I want to have a separate wallpaper for my login screen which is not my desktop wallpaper. When I set a desktop wallpaper it is also set as the login screen wallpaper and how can I use two different ...
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How create account with other existing account settings

I configure my account in Elementary OS, and I want duplicate this account. I just want to gain all setting, exactly configure my desktop.
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Can't start GUI in Elementary OS Loki 0.4.1

I am currently running of EOS in a virtual machine using VirtualBox on Windows. It has been working fine for a while, but this morning a little while after updating via the Appcenter, the GUI stopped ...
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Odd colours/saturation/darkness

Recently I've updated to the kernel version 4.13.3, which caused me the problem of black screen at login and the inability to log into the OS. After fixing that, I found myself with strange fonts, a ...
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How can I install Cinnamon on Loki?

I'm looking to install the Cinnamon DE (which is default under Linux Mint) on my machine running Loki. How can I do this?